Ah, those lovable Puma guys, Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt, showed great teamwork – not to mention a marketing savvy – by getting together to don matching outfits for Sunday’s final round of The Barclays at Liberty National.
No surprise, the color was orange, given that Fowler has adopted that as his personal color. Credit his love of his alma mater, Oklahoma State, but to Fowler, he’s Sunday Orange the way Tiger Woods is Sunday Red.
But when the pairings came out late Saturday and Blixt discovered he’d be paired with Fowler, both at 7 under and five off the lead, the Puma minds got spinning. Though he doesn’t have quite as high a profile as Fowler, Blixt is quite passionate about his bright colors, so wearing top-to-bottom orange beneath a white Puma hat wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
It’s just that it was quite a sight as they warmed up on the range, then sauntered over to the first.
Folks must have thought they were seeing double – two Creamsicles ready to tee off.
What added to the moment was this – Blixt split the fairway with his shot and Fowler did so, too. Identical in clothing and in performance because Fowler’s drive bounced and his golf ball ended up bumping into Blixt’s. Each was out there on the short, dogleg right at 224 yards, but Orange Man II – that would be Blixt – handled the assignment better; he stuffed his approach to 11 feet and made birdie.
And with that, Orange and Orange moved to the second tee.